Private coverage denied ; Markey's medical bills total $500K and continue to rise


tay
#1
Private coverage denied But if it happened in Canada thankfully one would be covered........






Skydiving accident victim's U.S. medical bills mount








Friends and family of a Nova Scotia woman seriously injured in a skydiving accident in the U.S. earlier this month are trying to raise funds to pay for her “astronomical” medical bills.


Kenzie Markey, 32, lives in Pemberton, B.C., but is originally from Greenwood, N.S. She has skydived more than a hundred times in the past three years. During a recent trip with friends to Arizona, she made 20 jumps in less than a week.


But during her latest skydive in Arizona on April 6, something went terribly wrong. At some point during the jump, Kenzie Markey’s chute collapsed, sending her plummeting to the ground.


Kenzie Markey suffered severe injuries in the fall, including a collapsed lung, a broken femur, pelvis and eye socket, as well as brain swelling. She has undergone several surgeries so far and medical bills are mounting. According to a web post by her friend Kelley Richardson, Kenzie's medical bills total about $500,000 right now and continue to grow.
The family’s priority right now is getting Kenzie back to Canada.


“It’s just trying to arrange air transport, there’s talk of having to guarantee an enormous amount of money up front which is a little difficult at the moment. That figure keeps bouncing around. It started off at $25,000 to $30,000, now it’s being quoted as high as $45,000,” he said.


Markey said after being on disability for the past two years, that’s not a sum he can afford to pay.


He said the family thought Kenzie Markey was insured and a claim was opened following her accident, but he said the claim was dismissed as invalid since she suffered her injuries while performing extreme sports.


Kenzie Markey's friends have set up an online fundraising page to help pay her huge medical bills. To date, more than $7,400 of the $50,000 goal has been raised.


Donations can also be made at Credit Unions in the Annapolis Valley
 
taxslave
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aint socialism grand? We all get to pay for one person's stupidity.
 
SLM
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#3
I can't understand how someone can engage in high risk 'recreational' activities like parachuting and not have adequate insurance in place to cover accidents. And I mean making damned sure the insurance is adequate.
 
QuebecCanadian
#4
Good luck getting her back here. If "facebook God" can raise thousands to get his Dad a vacation (still shake my head at that one), I'm sure people will donate to get this woman back.

But yeah, you make sure you've got the insurance!!

Once she's back in Canada, who pays then?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by QuebecCanadianView Post

Good luck getting her back here. If "facebook God" can raise thousands to get his Dad a vacation (still shake my head at that one), I'm sure people will donate to get this woman back.

But yeah, you make sure you've got the insurance!!

Once she's back in Canada, who pays then?

Canadian taxpayers. You know, the people that are busy earning a living and paying bills and taxes instead of galavanting around the world having fun.
 
BruSan
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So; let's see if I've got this correct; a woman who has enough money to travel to another country to engage in a very expensive and RISKY passtime who then is injured while indulging her passion, treated in a foreign country, but did not take pains to ascertain whether or not she would be indemnified against enormous costs incurred through insurance coverage?

Duuuh; am I the only one who thinks this is simply a problem of the youth natural aversion to responsibilty? Does no one else think perhaps her Ma or Da should have asked some questions prior to her getting on a freak'n plane to Arizona like; "honey, I'm sure you've considered everything in the event you experience an injury".

Naah it would seem that Dad, whose been on a disability allowance for two years (everybody else miss that little nugget?) simply trusted his little darl'n and ignored completely the possibility of a 'worst case scenario'.

The failure to anticipate and plan for the unexpected is not new to the young and seemingly invincible, but adults in the mix should certainly have considered this possibility as a result of this sport being so risk prone.

Once enough cash is garnered through donations by the sympathetic to garner her release from Mexic....er,..... Arizona, she will then be covered by a mix of those Canadians who have no choice but to pay taxes and those who see nothing wrong with her stupid irresponsibility.

It now sounds to me like there will be two members of this family on disability pensions with at least one of them being carried in full by the Canadian taxpayers. There oughtta be a requirement that removes us all from carrying the costs of those who knowingly indulge their choice to engage in risky endeavours by removing those costs from the public purse and making damn sure they're indemnified by coverage THEY alone pay for.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
+1
#7
They should have hired a medi-vac team to fly her to BC.
 
QuebecCanadian
#8
She's 32. Ma and Da have presumably cut those apron strings. But yeah, Canadian tax payers should not be held responsible for others' stupid "It won't happen to me so I'll save on the insurance" decisions.
 
Jonny_C
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The whole idea of universal health care coverage is that everyone is covered, no matter what. We don't get to pick and choose who should be covered, and for what reasons, nor should we.

There's a long list of things people do, whether judged to be foolish or high-risk, whether mundane like driving too fast in icy conditions, or high-risk like extreme sports, or even criminal activity, where people could be judged as not worthy of coverage. We don't make those judgements, and it's a good thing we don't. Any one of us could find ourselves with a judgement going against us, or against our loved ones, with dire consequences to our lives.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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When Tommy Douglas initiated (his version) universal healthcare, it was intended to accommodate catastrophic and significant medical issues.

Today's version of the system is attempting to be all things to all people... it is unsustainable, unaffordable and unrealistic
 
Nuggler
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So what would happen if she hangs in down in the US where the care is expensive but really good, then, when she's better, walk out the door and go home . Don't pay ??


Debtors prison ? The workhouse ??
probably not.
 
Sal
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I thought everything was free in the states the way some on here have described it.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I thought everything was free in the states the way some on here have described it.

Now, now, Lol.

You know, if a foreign visitor to Canada had the same accident here, our hospitals would send them a bill too.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Now, now, Lol.

You know, if a foreign visitor to Canada had the same accident here, our hospitals would send them a bill too.

sure we would, but everything here isn't free, lol in spite of being a communist country
 
Jonny_C
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

sure we would, but everything here isn't free, lol in spite of being a communist country

LOL isn't free or LOL communist country?

Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

When Tommy Douglas initiated (his version) universal healthcare, it was intended to accommodate catastrophic and significant medical issues.

Are you sure that's all?

Quote:

Today's version of the system is attempting to be all things to all people... it is unsustainable, unaffordable and unrealistic

Not so far.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I thought everything was free in the states the way some on here have described it.

Yep, she shoulda gone to Eagle's local hospital.
 
Nuggler
#17
No one know the answer to my question ??


What would happen if she just got better and walked. no pay bill.


???


someone must have an opinion.


Boner; you're a Yankee barrister.............c`mon.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

No one know the answer to my question ??


What would happen if she just got better and walked. no pay bill.


???


someone must have an opinion.


Boner; you're a Yankee barrister.............c`mon.

They would probably turn her over to a collection agency and/or take her to court given the size of the bill.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

No one know the answer to my question ??


What would happen if she just got better and walked. no pay bill.


???


someone must have an opinion.


Boner; you're a Yankee barrister.............c`mon.

At a minimum, the hospital would destroy her credit rating. They'd likely put debt collecters on her. If they sold the debt, she could get sued and lose everything. Wouldn't be the first time by a long road.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

When Tommy Douglas initiated (his version) universal healthcare, it was intended to accommodate catastrophic and significant medical issues.

Today's version of the system is attempting to be all things to all people... it is unsustainable, unaffordable and unrealistic

Stubbed toes and sniffles are full on traumas the require instant access to the best stubbed toes specialists in the western world.

It won't be a problem for Canadian taxpayers but her provincial comrades who will foot the bill.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I thought everything was free in the states the way some on here have described it.

Only if you are rich.

Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

At a minimum, the hospital would destroy her credit rating. They'd likely put debt collecters on her. If they sold the debt, she could get sued and lose everything. Wouldn't be the first time by a long road.

You are asuming she has any assets. Or a worthy credit rating. She can always declare bankruptcy. Which in Canada means the collectors will get sh it.
 
B00Mer
Republican
#22
She's a US Citizen just move her to a State funded hospital.. they are free

50 Largest Public Hospitals in America (external - login to view)

Just like Canada they don't refuse you and you don't pay..

Locally here JPS is the hospital that people go to who do not have insurance.

John Peter Smith Hospital - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

She's a US Citizen just move her to a State funded hospital.. they are free

50 Largest Public Hospitals in America (external - login to view)

Just like Canada they don't refuse you and you don't pay..

She's not a US Citizen, she's Canadian.
 
B00Mer
Republican
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

She's not a US Citizen, she's Canadian.

HUH yeah, I read this incorrectly. Was thinking N.C.

Greenwood Subdivision - Charlotte, North Carolina

Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Kenzie Markey, 32, lives in Pemberton, B.C., but is originally from Greenwood, N.S. She has skydived more than a hundred times in the past three years. During a recent trip with friends to Arizona, she made 20 jumps in less than a week.

Blue Cross travel Insurance $80 per year, covers you for 5 mil (external - login to view)
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

She's a US Citizen just move her to a State funded hospital.. they are free

50 Largest Public Hospitals in America (external - login to view)

Just like Canada they don't refuse you and you don't pay..

Locally here JPS is the hospital that people go to who do not have insurance.

John Peter Smith Hospital - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)

See, unlike Canada...it's all free!!!!

Baffles me how all these people don't have health care when it's all free.

Must be more to it huh?

I'd say, yup.
 
B00Mer
Republican
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Stubbed toes and sniffles are full on traumas the require instant access to the best stubbed toes specialists in the western world.

In the United States you have what they call co-pays..

On my Insurance it's $20 for a doctor, $50 for urgent care and $100 for Emergency..

When I go to my doctor "The Neighborhood Doctor (external - login to view)" I have never waited for more than 15 minutes before called in.

....Emergency wait times are advertised on electronic billboards 28 min..

https://projects.propublica.org/emergency/ (external - login to view)

( Just type in Arlington, Texas is search field) When was the last time you waited under 30 min at the Emergency. LOL

I think Canada need to adopt the co-pay system to stop abuse of the medical system.. and would also help a struggling Health Care System by adding more cash to it and reducing abuse.
Last edited by B00Mer; Apr 20th, 2014 at 08:01 AM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Only if you are rich.



You are asuming she has any assets. Or a worthy credit rating. She can always declare bankruptcy. Which in Canada means the collectors will get sh it.

No, I'm not. All those things are not dependent on her level of assets.
 
Nuggler
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She's a Nova Scotia woman. i.e. From Nova Scotia, Canada.


Once she's across the border, the US health care debt collectors can go pound salt.


She needs a kick in the butt for not being insured to the hilt, but, I'd be damned if I'd pay 500K.............declare bankruptcy if necessary. Millions in the US are. Join the idiots.
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

No, I'm not. All those things are not dependent on her level of assets.

Interesting but she made twenty jumps in less than a week. That suggests that somebody with an airplane gave her a ride up to ten thousand feet or whatever altitude she was jumping from twenty times. Who paid for that? Was she packing her own chute? That might help to explain her accident.

Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Now, now, Lol.

You know, if a foreign visitor to Canada had the same accident here, our hospitals would send them a bill too.

But would the bill be $500,000.00? Sounds a bit crazy to me.
 
Liberalman
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

Interesting but she made twenty jumps in less than a week. That suggests that somebody with an airplane gave her a ride up to ten thousand feet or whatever altitude she was jumping from twenty times. Who paid for that? Was she packing her own chute? That might help to explain her accident.



But would the bill be $500,000.00? Sounds a bit crazy to me.

Even more
 

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